TITLE: Agent of Change: Print Culture Studies After Elizabeth Eisenstein - Panel Discussion
EVENT DATE: 2007/11/02
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 39 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the University of Massachusetts Press has published "Agent of Change: Print Culture Studies After Elizabeth L. Eisenstein."
Inspiring debate since the early days of its publication, Elizabeth L. Eisenstein's "The Printing Press as an Agent of Change: Communications and Cultural Transformation in Early-Modern Europe" (1979) has exercised its own force as an agent of change in the world of scholarship. Its path-breaking agenda has played a central role in shaping the study of print culture and "book history"--fields of inquiry that rank among the most exciting and vital areas of scholarly endeavor in recent years.
"Agent of Change" brings leading print culture scholars together to affirm the catalytic properties of Eisenstein's study as a stimulus to further interdisciplinary research and writing. From early modern Europe to the electronic age, the authors address the legacy of Eisenstein's work in print culture studies today as it suggests future directions for the field. Featuring 20 wide-ranging essays on print culture from Renaissance Europe to the contemporary digital world, "Agent of Change" is edited by Sabrina Alcorn Baron, Eric N. Lindquist and Eleanor F. Shevlin.
The symposium included three brief papers and a roundtable discussion about the current state of print studies.
Participating in the roundtable discussion were Elizabeth Eisenstein, Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History, Emerita, at the University of Michigan; Antonio Rodriguez-Buckingham, professor of library and information science and director of the program in humanities, Emeritus, at the University of Southern Mississippi; Robert Gross, James L. and Shirley Draper Professor of Early American History at the University of Connecticut; and Peter Stallybrass, Walter H. and Lenore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania.